We typically don't share photos here from domestic travels, especially places within our home state, but the weekend spent at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore needed to be documented for future reference.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located along the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the United States. It's famous for the 15 miles of multi-colored, sandstone cliffs and rock formations that stretch along the shore and reach up to 200 feet above sea level. The rock colors are produced by mineral seepage; as the groundwater leaches out of the rock and evaporates, iron, manganese, limonite, and copper are left behind and stain the cliff surface with streaks of color (iron: red-orange; manganese: black-brown; limonite: white; copper: blue-green).

We signed up for a three-hour kayaking trip to give us a taste of the rocks. Unfortunately, the shorter trip did not allow us to see the famous Lovers Leap Arch but still gave us some beautiful views of the color-stained cliffs, rock structures, and sea caves. We also passed through Kissing Rock and saw a remnant of a shipwreck. For lack of a better descriptor, it was a really cool experience.

Disclaimer:: Photos below taken by an old iPhone through a plastic waterproof protector, filtered in an attempt to salvage the quality. They don't do the rocks justice.

^^ Kissing Rock ^^

Restaurant Picks:
Bay Furnace Bagels
220 E Munising Ave, Munising

387 Restaurant & Beer Parlor
400 Cedar Street, Munising

The Duck Pond Eatery and Beer Garden
7974 M-28 W, Munising

The Tanglewood Inn (try a homemade pasty with gravy)
e12534 M28, Shingleton

Recommendations: 1) Sign up for any tours in advance of your trip. 2) Research the different hiking, kayaking, and boat tours to find the one that best suits your interest. 3) Bring water and sun protection. 4) Dress for the weather but take into consideration the level of tour activity. 5) Check out the many waterfalls and lighthouses in the area.

Helpful Read: Munising Visitors Bureau: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore


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